The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

With IBS, the rule is: ‘there are no rules’

…. there is only the patient. Mandy wrote to me recently to tell me how much better her diarrhoea had been since she started taking Questran, a ion exchange resin … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Could you run an IBS Self Help Group?

According to patient testimony, IBS is not well managed by the NHS.  Patients  complain that they are not listened to, treated as if they are a nuisance, discharged as soon as … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Does you doctor always know best or can you sort something out between you?

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines, of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Being aware of what is happening: the mindful route to IBS relief.

Mindfulness is not some new age religion. We don’t have to sitting cross-legged on cushions in a darkened room with candles and incense sticks and chant mantras.  Mindfulness can be … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · 6 Comments

Cooking for The Sensitive Gut at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Do you have IBS and struggle to know what you can eat?  Then why not come and see our lecture demonstration at The Ilkley Literature Festival in St Margaret’s Hall … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

No, it’s not all in your head, but at least you can do something about that.

If IBS is all is your head, can somebody tell me how dietary fibre cures depression?                              … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

When you and your doctor should be concerned.

  A woman came up to me at The Allergy and Free-from Show recently.  She looked embarrassed and deeply unhappy.  ‘Sometimes when I get an urge to go to the … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · 7 Comments

IBS: post modern medical nemesis.

The history of medicine over the last 100 years has been nothing short of miraculous.  The diseases that used to kill millions: smallpox, tuberculosis, typhoid, typhus, cholera, pneumonia have all … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

The best person to treat your IBS

From a practical viewpoint, there are two types of illness; those that have a clear pathology and cause, a definite diagnosis and can be treated with drugs, diet and surgery … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 4 Comments

The enigma of probiotics for IBS. Should you decide?

My friend and colleague,  Julie Thompson and her collaborators from The British Dietetic Association, have recently published a systematic analysis on the role of probiotics in IBS.  In a  recent … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

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